FAIR TRADE COMMITTEE RESOLUTION
- What we choose to purchase, eat, and drink impacts producers and the environment;
- Farmers and producers of agricultural and trade goods throughout the world are often paid less than a living wage and are subject to harsh working conditions;
- Child and slave labor have been found to be prevalent in the production of goods such a chocolate and clothing that we purchase on an every day basis;
- Farming techniques in some areas of the world are harmful to the environment and run contrary to the principles of sustainability;
- Fair Trade ensures that strict economic, social, and environmental criteria are met in the production of trade agriculture products such as coffee, tea, cocoa, handicrafts, bags, and clothing;
- By becoming a Fair Trade high school, Loyola Catholic School would more effectively educate the students and community about Fair Trade;
- By becoming a Fair Trade high school, Loyola Catholic School would inspire other institutions to support Fair Trade.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED:
That this school declare itself to be a Fair Trade School in accordance with the criteria set forth by the Fair Trade Universities Campaign and commits to the following actions:
- Lunch Room: The school will work with its food service to make Fair Trade bananas-and other fruit- available in the lunchroom provided carrying said items are fiscally possible.
- Sales: The school will carry out sales of Fair Trade products-including chocolate, tea, coffee, and handicrafts-throughout the years as a way to earn money for the people Fair Trade aids; and as a way to educate the community.
- Education: Loyola High School commits to educating its students and students at other schools in the surrounding community about Fair Trade, Fair Trade events (community or school-sponsored), and social justice issues involving Fair Trade, to ensure the principles of Fair Trade be well-known and acted out as a community.
- Community action: Loyola High School commits to periodically hosting events in the community that raise awareness about Fair Trade and the people who benefit from it.
Logan Goettl & Samantha Larsen – Co-Presidents
Cori Haala & Maria Goettl – Co-Vice Presidents
Meghan Blaine – Secretary
Olivia Zwaschka – Treasurer
- Sarah Peller
- Kelvin Liang
- Vicki Wingert
- Alex Peters
- Erin Murray
- Shelby Coulter
- Jake Peller
- Will Cipos
- Jordan Moore
- Hannah Lacina
- Noah Lacina
- Abby Mullen
- Tatyana Beck
Emily Kracht- Advisor
Peggy Pettis – Food Service Coordinator
- Sister Mary Beth Schraml, primary principal
- Julie Homan, primary grade teacher
- Angie Lundgren, high school teacher
- Judy Doyle, middle school teacher
- Pat Marzinske, primary grade teacher
The Fair Trade Committee is made up of a dozen officers and other members, and they are able to divide themselves into subcommittees for the various activities throughout the year, which are then put into action. The committee meets two or three times per month.
We Commit to Fair Trade education, awareness-raising and growth of the Fair Trade campaign.
- Sell products at school events and have them on display at school sites
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, hot cocoa mix, and handicrafts are available for sale at both campuses throughout the year and at certain school sponsored events: Service Fair, parent/teacher conferences, re-enrollment night, kindergarten round-up, home speech tournament, theatrical productions at our Fitzgerald theater, and our largest fundraising event of the year, MACS NITE, which attracts hundreds of community members
- Spread general awareness of the Fair Trade cause in our school and community
- Implement Fair Trade Lessons in Global Awareness Curriculum (Grades K-6), World Language and Religion classes (Grades 9-12) and Spanish classes (Grades 7 & 8 )
- Fair Trade coffee is used in the cafeteria for all teachers and staff
Our Timeline 2012-2013:
- July 2012: Students participate in the North Mankato Fun-days parade by walking with the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative members and their float
- October 2012: Educational presentations for our entire student body at the primary, middle, and high school levels. Kick off our Fair Trade Fall fundraiser through Equal Exchange
- October 2012: Special presenter, Margo Druschel, speaks to all religion classes in the high school about her recent trip to the Dominican Republic and the Fair Trade farms she visited and farmers she met
- October 2012: Students cheer on Mankato marathon participants by offering fair trade bananas half way through the marathon
- October 2012: Students participate in Reverse Trick or Treat
- October 2012: Senior student, Sarah Peller, attends and co-presents at the National Fair Trade Convention in Chicago
- November 2012: Donate basket of Fair Trade items for the Loyola fall fundraiser and silent auction, “Wired to the Heart”
- January 2013: Honored with the Mankato Young Pathfinder Award at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Minnesota State University, Mankato
- February 2013: Students create and deliver Fair Trade valentines to their classmates complete with fair trade chocolate
- March 2013: Purchase 10 Fair Trade soccer balls with money raised from fall Fair Trade fundraiser for girls’ and boys’ soccer teams at Loyola
- April 2013: Share about Fair Trade with Holy Rosary parish women’s organization
- April 2013: Host Fair Trade breakfast in school cafeteria
- May 2013: Donate basket of Fair Trade items for the Loyola spring fundraiser and silent auction, “MACS Night”
- May 2013: Host Fair Trade breakfast in school cafeteria
Our Timeline 2011-2012
- September, 2011: Educational presentation of the idea of Fair Trade in all junior and senior religion classes
- September, 2011: Fair Trade informational table at Loyola Service Fair
- September, 2011: Formation of Fair Trade committee
- October, 2011: Fall Fair Trade Sale at both campuses during Parent/Teacher Conferences
- October 2011: Reverse Trick-or-Treat
- January 2012: Educational presentations in all freshmen and sophomore religion classes
- February, 2012: 300 Fair Trade Valentines sold to students and staff of the high school
- February & April 2012: Fair Trade committee members attend Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative to combine efforts. Many events are planned for the spring of the year both in the community and with Minnesota State University, Mankato
- February/March 2012: Fair Trade Week of Goin’ Bananas! – Educational presentations to all K-8 grade classes.
- March 2012: Fair Trade committee members make a presentation at Kennedy Public Elementary School to kick off their Fair Trade fundraising school-wide event.
- March 2012: Formation of “MY Fair Trade- Mankato Youth” with area high school students.
- May 2012: Planning a city-wide Fair Trade youth event at an area restaurant, Pub 500, for World Fair Trade Day, May 12, 2012.
Education is vital to the Fair Trade campaign, and it is sometimes difficult to find Fair Trade products available in the community. However, through the continued education of the community, it is our hope that these products will be more readily available. In May of 2012, Fair Trade bananas were made available at one of our leading grocery stores in Mankato, Cub Foods west.
- Fair Trade Resource Network: http://ftrn.org/
Fair Trade USA: http://www.fairtradeusa.org/
- Equal Exchange: http://www.equalexchange.coop/
Catholic Relief Services (SERRV): http://www.serrv.org/category/crs-material
- Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative: http://www.maftti.org/
- Mankato Farmers Market:
- Indigo Organic, Mankato, MN
- Food Co-op in St. Peter: http://www.stpeterfood.coop/
- Pub 500: http://www.pub500.com/